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And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:21 take thee his armour. Asahel apparently was not wearing armor, and so would soon catch up with Abner. The latter knew that he could easily slay Asahel, especially without any armor, and earnestly desired not to start a blood feud with Joab and Abishai.

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